MARTIN AND JO DEBANKS – CAPTAIN & CHEF TEAM
Martin and Jo have been employed in the Yachting Industry globally for the past 25 years.
Their early years saw them running high end diving and adventure charters in such far flung places as Africa and the Middle East. From there a move to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez saw charters for the rich and famous added to their resumés. They eventually settled into a yacht with a Global itinerary specializing in Game Fishing and Diving. After over a decade and two circumnavigations they decided to make Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef their home bringing along their enviable skill set and experience to help provide charters of the highest calibre aboard MY Spirit.
Their love of the ocean is evident in all they do, being so passionate in all water sports enables them to easily cater for the most discerning and adventurous of guests whilst still producing the luxury and service expected.
Cordon Bleu trained Chef Jo’s love of cooking materialized early in life thanks to her mother’s input, herself a lifelong chef. It was a natural progression to combine her love of food with her love of the sea. Alongside Captain Martin, with their oceans of experience and handpicked well qualified crew you know you are in safe capable hands.
JOSH STEELS – FIRST OFFICER
Josh was born in Brisbane, Australia and spent most of his life in Cairns. He is filled with enthusiasm for many activities such as: scuba, free diving, spearfishing, hiking, photography, carpentry and experiencing exotic foods and cultures of the world. During his adventures, Josh discovered a love for sharks after being surrounded by a dozen peaceful tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. This experience inspired him to continue his life at sea, where he found himself working on expedition vessels in the Pacific, Mediterranean and eventually with us here on Spirit.
Josh has a thirst for knowledge and is eager to continue to gain further skill and qualifications, whilst making new friends and memories along the way. He plans to one day become a master of his own sailboat and make documentaries whilst circumnavigating the world.
CLAYTON KERR – CHIEF ENGINEER
Growing up in Rockhampton, the Beef capital of Australia, Clayton’s journey through life was set out to continue working as a stockman in North Western Queensland for his earlier years. However, after discovering a love of engines and all things engineering, he moved to Cairns to become a trade qualified heavy diesel technician with the local Caterpillar dealer. This saw him through 9 years with Caterpillar as a field service technician gaining extensive knowledge and skills with anything and everything from heavy mining equipment to luxury superyachts in the South Pacific. Over the years a natural love for the ocean and interest of the maritime engineering industry developed, driving Clayton to gain his engineers certificates and pursue a career on luxury superyachts. His knowledge of motor superyacht Spirit began in 2016 refit period where he conducted both main engine overhauls, and eventually continued on to become the Chief Engineer in Cairns.
Hanna is from the north island of New Zealand and was brought up on the beautiful coastline of Tutukaka. Growing up on the Tutukaka Coast meant she had top dive spots and great fishing right at her doorstep, these of which become her greatest passions for the sea. Following her love of the ocean, Hanna pursued a career in yachting and in 2016 landed her first stewardess role on a 45-metre sail yacht cruising New Zealand and Fiji.
Since then, Hanna has worked on yachts in the Mediterranean and down here closer to home as a stewardess and deckhand on vessels up to 50-metres. In 2018 she took a 1-year hiatus to become a deckhand on x-racing Sydney to Hobart maxi yachts in the Whitsundays.
Hanna joins spirit with her enthusiasm and positive attitude. You’ll find her all around vessel, from mixing cocktails, throwing lines and telling bad jokes.
MEGAN BEKER – CHIEF STEWARDESS
Megan’s childhood was spent with her family in Coffs Harbour, Australia. It was here, surfing at the beach, that she discovered her love for the ocean. Megan began her career in the yachting industry as a masseuse, and her thirst for knowledge helped her build a successful career. Her creative attitude and fast learning skills blended into a passionate and strong chief stewardess that she is today. Megan has a wonderful sense of humour and will provide the best attentive service for guests, while creating that fun and relaxed atmosphere onboard for both guests and crew to appreciate. Megan enjoys all aspects of the yacht and will endeavour to make her guests time onboard Spirit and experience of a lifetime.
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